John & Hantie Goodey, owners of the successful and popular 4 * Goodey’s Guesthouse in Colbyn, Pretoria, bought a piece of land on the farm Doornpoort, Koster with their youngest son and daughter-in-law, Johnny & Riandi, in April 2018. The beautiful scenery, highlighted by the Elands River winding through the farm, prompted them to develop it into a guest farm where visitors can enjoy the tranquil bushveld setting with them.
During September 2018, construction work began in earnest. The existing, somewhat dilapidated farmhouse was demolished and a brand-new modern home with all amenities was built on the old house's foundations. This house, consisting of 4 en-suite bedrooms, a large sitting / dining / living room, modern kitchen, walk-in wardrobe, laundry and guest toilet, was completed at the end of March 2019. Another big plus is the 2 spacious verandas on the northern and eastern parts of the house, where visitors can relax at any time of the day or night and take in the beautiful scenery and experience the best sunrise and sunset.
One of the existing enclosed thatched lapas has been refurbished and also consists of an en-suite bedroom, kitchen and large recreation / conference area. A second thatched lapa is transformed into a farm kitchen, complete with braai facilities, a bread / pizza oven and a nice gas stove where side dishes can be prepared.
We decided on the name SPENDPENNY for our new guest farm. Our Goodeys are very proud of our origins (as supposedly every one of you reading here) and our ancestors came from, among others, the Netherlands, France, Scotland and England to find their salvation here at the southern tip of Africa. John's grandfather James Goodey came here during the Boer War and never set foot on English shore again. He married an Afrikaans girl from Cape Town and raised five children here. His father and grandfather (both called Golden Goodey) were principal landowners near a village of Chapel in the County of Essex, England. They owned several farms, one of which was called Spendpenny Farm. True to our love for our family history, we decided to revive a truly South African Spendpenny Farm.